LANCASTER - Garrard County's 911 center isn't going anywhere soon. Two months after the fate of the center appeared in doubt, county officials say their options for moving emergency dispatch operations have all but disappeared.
In February the Fiscal Court voted to formally investigate the possibility of having the Kentucky State Police handle the county's 911 calls, presumably at significant savings. Faced with millions in county debts, the magistrates were under intense pressure to find a way to trim its budget.
The prospect of sending 911 operations to the KSP's Richmond post touched off impassioned pleas to keep it in the county. Many people said they feared emergency response times would suffer badly and endanger lives.
"It just seemed like a big hullabaloo," said Judge-Executive E.J. Hasty, who preferred to keep the center in Garrard.
But Magistrate Walter "Tiddle" Hester says the dispatch center is staying put. After looking into the KSP option, he said, it was discovered that the Richmond post simply doesn't have room to take on Garrard's 1,100 calls a month.